The 21st century marked the beginning of an era when scientists could literally get into the human brain and debunk all myths concerning its inner workings. For example, its size and weight aren’t connected to its intelligence level. Scientists began testing and observing methods to improve the way the brain works and develops new skills from scratch at any age. Special agents, athletes, astronauts, doctors, and biohacking enthusiasts actively use these discoveries.
We will tell you about popular misconceptions regarding the brain and offer you several good ways to improve its productivity.
Myth: The brain never gets tired.
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Truth: The brain can’t get tired of doing intellectual work, but psychological and physical states can influence your concentration and activity. Recent research has shown that the brain works better where you can hear the sound of waves, feel the salty breeze, see all shades of blue, and feel the warm sand. That’s why we regain our strength much faster near the ocean.
- What to do: Try halotherapy, take a walk in the forest, go on vacation close to bodies of water, and don’t be shy about walking barefoot during the summer. Try going to the beach as often as you can.
Myth: You won’t become a math genius by drawing.
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Truth: Draw every time you can’t solve a complicated task or have to make a difficult decision. Drawing activates the work of both hemispheres of the brain and you’ll come up with the right solution much quicker. Integrated studies showed that kids learn math better and memorize information quicker if they illustrate the new material or doodle in their notebooks.
- What to do: Doodle or draw for 10–20 minutes. Use your non-dominant hand. For example, if you’re left-handed, use your right hand. Try to do it every day and you’ll notice a positive effect in just one month.